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Recent NC Awards

Catawba Lands Conservancy, Belmont, NC
An award of $16,000 was granted to support native-plant restoration and increase biodiversity on eight acres of the Seven Oaks Preserve property located along Lake Wylie adjoining the Daniel Stow Botanical Gardens.

Gaston County Piedmont Area Wildlife Stewards (PAWS), Gastonia, NC
An award of totaling $10,725 was granted to enhance and expand fish attractor sites in Lake Wylie. An Eagle Scout project was performed in collaboration with this award.

Delta Waterfowl, Mooresville, NC
An award of $7,500 was granted to establish a waterfowl nesting program along the shores of Lake Norman, including the installation of woodduck boxes and mallard hen houses. In addition, screech owl boxes were installed to provide protection.

Mecklenburg County, NC
An award of $25,000 was granted to help manage, preserve and protect successional habitats in nature preserves along the shores of Mountain Island Lake and Lake Wylie as part of the Management of Early Successional Habitats (MESH) program.

North Carolina Wildlife Federation, Charlotte, NC
An award of $27,500 was granted to support the construction of osprey and great blue heron nest platforms in upper Lake Norman and the North Carolina portion of Lake Wylie.

North Carolina Wildlife Federation, Mooresville, NC
An award of $45,000 was granted to improve aquatic habitats, enhance the shoreline and protect an important heron rookery on an island in Lake Norman.

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Morganton, NC
An award of $21,876.60 was granted to enhance habitat creation in Catawba River reservoirs. The project included adding fish attractors in Lake James, Lake Rhodhiss and Lake Wylie, building a large, underwater reef in Lake James, and development of native shoreline vegetation in Lake James and Lake Rhodhiss.

Water Willow plantings in Lake Norman
Other projects have included construction of osprey nesting platforms.

Water Willow plantings in Lake Norman
Protected Water Willow plantings to support native shoreline vegetation.

Black Willow live-stakes in Lake Norman
Protected Black Willow live-stakes in Lake Norman.